Juan Carlos Ferreyra Santos :: 1942 -2006
Juan Carlos Ferreyra Santos was born in Montevideo on December 15th, 1942 and passed away on November 17th, 2006. He has traveled extensively, either as a foreign visitor or through grants and scholarships, to Europe (1964), Italy (1965,1971-72,1978-79) and the United States of America (1988-89, 1997,1998); after a first stay in Punta del Este (1988-92) he has definitely and, it seems, permanently set up residence in that beautiful, close-to-nature environment since 1998.
He lives and works in a cottage in the woods of San Rafael, with a large lawn and greenscapes close at hand.
He has devoted most of the last two years to drawing and studying, and foresees a future of more drawing and painting either smaller studies or extremely huge canvases: he loves the challenge of monumental surfaces and intense colors, and is bent on meeting that challenge as a fundamental rule for his daily work.
The dimensions of the works reproduced here have to do with the Italian tradition of wall painting as well as the painter' s lifelong love affair with the cinema, owing to which he feels the screen as a true canvas ready to be painted, and not merely the surface on which cinematic stories are bound to take place once the curtain goes up.
His work unravels through theme series: first abstract period (1969-1972); women (1975-1981), canaverals (1976-1986), developments (1987-2001).
His treatment of the landscape -canaverals, bushes, grass- has been deemed ecological with an erotic nuance.
From this landscape He develop a gestual, colorful abstraction that doesn’t rule out the use of greys and blacks, in rigorously balanced compositions, often displayed in monumental canvases.
He was artistic adviser of the Foundation for the Second Half of Life, Montevideo, 1995-1996; He have taught extensively, drawing and painting in his own studio, created the courses in History of Art at the Italian Cultural Institute in 1968, and currently teaches drawing, painting and History of Art at the Municipal House of Culture in Maldonado, Uruguay.
Galleries & awards
He has shown his work more than fifty times in Uruguay and abroad. Among his personal shows:
- Smaller Showroom, Municipal Subway, Montevideo, 1970;
- ARCA Gallery, Montevideo, 1973
- Audit Hall, Banco Popular Argentino, Buenos Aires, 1974;
- Aramayo Gallery, Montevideo, 1974;
- Art Club, Bruzzone Gallery, Montevideo, 1974;
- Italian Cultural Institute, Montevideo, 1976;
- “The Canaverals”, Uruguay-USA Cultural Alliance, Montevideo, 1982;
- Anglo-Uruguayan Cultural Institute, Montevideo, 1987;
- Amalfi Space, Punta del Este, 1988;
- Citizens Council, Mpls, Minnesota, 1988;
- City Bank, Punta del Este (drawings), 1990;
- “Contemporanea” Gallery, Montevideo, 1991;
- Sienra Studio, Punta del Este, 1991;
- Libertad Presidential Building, Montevideo, 1993;
- “Of greys and blacks”, Uruguay-USA Cultural Alliance, Montevideo, 1999.
He has also taken part in several collective exhibits, such as:
- “25 Contemporary Artists”, Uruguay-USA Cultural Alliance, Montevideo, 1974;
- V and VI Anniversaries of the Poumè Institute for the Visual Arts, Anglo –Uruguayan Cultural Institute , 1976-1977;
- ”The Nude in Uruguayan Painting”, Italian Cultural Institute, Montevideo, 1978;
- Inaugural Show, Galería Latina. Montevideo, 1980;
- “20 Uruguayan Artists”, Museum of Modern Art, Asunción, Paraguay, 1981,
- Caravelle Voyages, Montevideo, 1983;
- INCA Calendar Award, Montevideo, 1984;
- Banco de Crédito, Montevideo, 1987;
- “10” SPL Ticinese, Montevideo, 1987;
- Kernkemp Gallery, MPLS-St.Paul, Minnesota, USA, 1991;
- “30 Uruguayan Artists”, Galería Corriente Alterna, Lima, Perú, 1994;
- “From 20 cms. To 2 mts” , Collet Showroom, Montevideo, 1994;
- Celebration of the 25 Anniversary of the Biennial and Spring Salons of Salto, Salto, Uruguay, 1994,
- Inaugural Show, Executive Board , APPCU, Pittamiglio Castle, Montevideo, 1997;
- Inaugural, United Airlines Latin American Art Collecion, United Airlines First Class Lounge, Miami, Florida, USA, 1997;
- “Prof. H. Causa “ Showroom, Punta del Este, Uruguay, 2000;
- Pueblo Blanco, Punta del Este, Uruguay, 2000. F.S .
He has obtained several awards, among which: Museology grant , Università Internazionale dell’Arte, Florence, Italy, 1971; 1st Prize “Joaquin Torres García”, XXII Municipal Show, Montevideo, 1974; Grand Prize “El Azahar”, VI Salto Spring Show, Salto, Uruguay, 1975; Grand Prize (ex aequo) , XXIII Municipal Show, Montevideo, 1975; Award, National Fine Arts Show, Montevideo, 1975; 1st.Prize “Polly Green”, Ford Young Painting Show, Museum of American Art of Maldonado, Maldonado, Uruguay ; Grand Prize, XXIII Muncipal Show, Montevideo, 1976; First Prize, National Fine Arts Show, Montevideo,, 1981; Honorary Mention, Club del Lago Award, .Galería Latina, Montevideo, 1981; INCA Calendar Award, Montevideo, 1985; Cultural Exchange Grant, Minnesota-Uruguay Partners of the Americas, 1987.
His works are found in Museums -Montevideo, Salto, Maldonado-, The Ministry of Culture in Montevideo, the Red Room of the Montevideo Town Hall, etc,, and in private collections in Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Minneapolis, New York, Florence, etc.